So guys, how I fractured my knee. Many of you that follow my journey on Instagram will notice that I have a love for fitness and workouts. Naturally, every one that likes to workouts, tries to make sure that they do not get injured. Sadly, this is not always possible. 6 weeks back I had the misfortune of injury striking just when I least expected it to! In-fact life is really not predictable and this proves that you really never do know what is around the corner.
How My New Hiking Spot Turned Into My New Injury Spot!
So, my fractured knee story all started with my friend introducing me to a mountain area in Oman called the Sal Stairs. It’s a very lovely hiking spot. There are as the name would suggest, a lot of stairs. I think 2000 in total, but please don’t quote me on this! It’s like glute workout heaven. Those of you that know the climate in Oman will know just how warm it is. Even in winter months, the sun can destroy your skin cells in seconds. This meant a very early morning wake up and drive to reach the destination.
My First Hike Up The Mountain Where I Fractured My Knee
So, my first hike made me huff and puff like never before. As I reached the summit with my friends and experienced the sunrise and views I quickly realized that I wanted to experience this place a lot more. Yes, I’m a Scorpio and I have a habit to want to better myself in anything I do. I’m extremely stubborn and highly competitive. So hike over, breath puffed out, I prepared myself for the next visit!
The Second Visit To The Spot I Fractured My Knee At
The second visit a few days later I set off at 4.30 am with my daughter. It was a successful one, all bar a little bit of getting lost along the way. My daughter and I got to experience the sunrise and the beautiful cold weather early on. As we reached the summit on the way back down to the bottom of the mountain my daughter started to run, and I followed suit! We had a blast and on the way home talked about how we would go again in the weekend. As weekend hit all prepped out turkey muffins in hand and energy drinks in backpacks my daughter (Whom is 12, and a true team, player with determination like no other) and I started our early morning journey.
A Few Scary Omens Perhaps To Sway My Mind– Or Maybe Not!
The day I fractured my knee, on the way this time we got lost like the last time. Along the way I spotted a very scary creepy dog that barked and seemed to appear from nowhere. At the time I do recall thinking it is kind of spooky. It just seemed to pop out of thin air at the car but hey, shit happens. Who am I to allow a dog to scare me or ward me off my next adventure.
Child Locks On- The Journey Continues
I put the child locks on the door and recall asking my daughter if she had seen the “dog” BTW, silently I thought to myself that it was actually a ghost as I had a very weird creepy shiver. It felt like someone had just crossed on my grave! It’s a Scorpio thing guys, I’m highly in touch with my surroundings and very intuitive. Supernatural occurrences are not new to me.
Lost- Again! Yup That’s Me
We actually got lost quite a bit. The way to the place is like an industrial area and early morning it is kind of spooky. I’m almost convinced that there are graves on the way there too. There are a lot of stones and old castle things in the mountain areas. It’s kind of like your perfect horror movie setting. We arrived, my daughter asleep on the journey- woke and saw 4 guys with torches waiting to begin their hiking trek! My last hiking trek for a few months, before I fractured my knee.
Arrived At The Destination- Let The Fractured Knee Begin!
We both said to each other how creepy it was early on. Having been there before, we wanted to go. We waited a little for the early morning light to kick in and set off. We counted the signs on the way up the mountain and took selfies as we reached each one along the way.
It appears that Salaam Air have sponsored the signage there as they sport their name on signs every 500 meters or so. The stairs were amazing and we got the top in a lot less time than our previous attempt. As we sat to eat our sandwiches at the top, there is a very large radio or cellphone mast. Feeling on top of the world with spectacular views and high from adrenalin and achievement, we supped energy drinks. Also, making the decision to run back down. We had done it before right, so why not again?
Selfies over, running mode in progress, the air was blasting past and the breeze was so cool after having sweated so much along the way on the climb, we both ran like our lives depended on it. All the way down the stairs. It was so liberating. Rushing past everyone that had climbed up. Some, of them started their journeys before us.
Scorpio Sack Of Spuds- Brought Swiftly Back Down To Earth.. Literally!
I had that competitive vibe, you know the one that no one admits to having, that sense of achievement when you pass by someone that was ahead of you when you are on a walk or hike. Little was I to know what would happen next. I stumbled and fell! my phone in hand took a bashing and I erm well, shamefully slammed to the floor like a sack of potatoes!
The Shame Of Injury!
As I slammed to the floor the world kind of went quiet for a few seconds and my daughter looked horrified. I picked myself up knowing I was injured. Dusting myself off I cringe fully walked to the side of the path! A bunch of hikers passed us from behind. The four guys that had began before us, and we had just whizzed passed when running. I recall thinking to myself what an embarrassment lol. If anyone had that footage on their go pro or phone it would have made for viral comedy.
A guy asked if I’m okay and I said yes! I actually had no idea that my knee was fractured, and thought perhaps it was just bruised. So, we sat to the side of the path and my daughter was very concerned and worried. I knew if I showed any sign of emotion or hurt she will friek the fuck out and I will haunt her for life with nightmares of not wanting to go hiking ever again. Injured, in pain I told her we will wait and mummy will ‘walk’ down the mountain!
Waiting To Get To The Bottom Of The Mountain!
I have no idea how long we waited. Time seemed to freeze. I washed off blood and dust with some bottles of water we had in our backpacks. As I sat waiting, hoping that I will be able to walk down without too much shame. It seemed like the tourist gates for the mountain just flooded open and everyone got to witness me at my worst lol.
A group of ladies passed us and were looking all prepped out for reaching the summit. I kind of wished I could have rewound time to be where they were at the moment! One of the ladies asked me if I thought she could make it. I offered her words of encouragement and silently thought to myself that she couldn’t possibly fuck up more than I did! A guy asked me if I am okay and I replied, ” I’m fine thank you”. Deep down inside I knew really I was most likely not as fine as I was pretending to be!
500 Metres To Walk With A Fractured Knee
500 metres with a fractured knee is very painful. I did consider asking for an ambulance but the thought of the drama and commotion kicked up stopped me! So I stood up with my daughter and limped to the 500 metre sign. It seemed so far away and I was in so much pain. Clutching onto my daughter I sat down again and waited to recover some more.
This time I spotted a European couple walking past with their 2 dogs. I said good morning in the hope that perhaps the lady would notice I was injured – erm guys it’s 2021 if you are injured and you need help, you need to speak up and ask directly. Everyone is busy. One thing I have learned is that there is no shame in injury. So, we exchanged hi and good morning and they clambered up to complete their mountain climbing mission.
The Panadol Mountain Angel
Then, I spotted a group of ladies’ and I asked them if anyone had Panadol and bless her this cute lady had Panadol, I took 2. She was like the mountain angel, the savior that appears when everyone else and everything else lets you down! I thought how my mother had always had first aid kits when were were kids. How she always had stocks of food, drink and supplied whenever we went out. Such a shame I had not carried on the trend!
As the Panadol kicked in, I then managed to walk clutching on to my daughter. I hopped and shuffled some more. A another guy passed us and asked if I’m okay. I told him its a small injury and he advised me that, “It’s all in the mind.” I recall thinking to myself why and how I seem to get myself into these weird situations. I also wanted to ask him what his mind was thinking to blurt that out at the least inconvenient time, I smiled in pain and hopped on!
Weird Occurrence Magnet- Yup, That’s Me!
It’s almost like since the moment I was born I was destined to get myself into weird situations and awkward moments. Anyhow we continued, a guy from behind offered to help and seemed genuinely concerned. I said I’m okay and he offered to carry the bags for us. I refused but he so kindly took the backpacks and waited at the bottom of the mountain for us. Now call me a weirdo, but as he waved us to the car and handed us the bags, it kind of felt like he was waving us away from the mountain, kind of a friendly warning never to go back lol. Perhaps I have an over active imagination, or perhaps more than one supernatural occurrence happened that day. I was so relived to have made it back. I recall thinking to myself how much worse off it could have been especially if I had been alone! My daughter may be 12, but she was such a support system on the day it’s unreal.
Leg Cast Fashion
I drove to the hospital and x-rayed my knee and was told to wear a brace and go back the following day. Leg casts from then on became a part of my life! So that is how I fractured my knee. Actually it has been a very liberating experience and has made me learn just how self absorbed some people can actually be. You really cannot count on everyone you have helped over the years. You get to learn who your true friends are. There you have it. the never ending story of how I fractured my knee and wound up paused from my fitness journey!